Place Shapes Toolbar is the newest Sketchup extension

SketchUp is expert in creating variant tools for handling the shapes and designs smoothly for the designers and architects. This time they have launched Place Shapes Toolbar. It can be applied in the different versions of SketchUP. In this article the work of this toolbar is described. The readers can assume this toolbar by reading various descriptions of the tool. It is easy and good for creating designs for both big and small fields. Its use and tips are also given here. Let’s have a check on it. There is also a link is given for videos and tutorials.

Place Shapes Toolbar is a new Sketchup plugin invented by Alex Schreyer. This brand new Sketchup plugin supports different versions of Sketchup like SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016 and SketchUp 2017.

This extension has a toolbar with some menu items that is used for setting simply different common 3D shapes or geometric primitives. SketchUp’s navigate tools allow users for creating any shapes without too much effort. With the use of this toolbar, the users can accomplish fast “solid-based” modeling for dealing with added and subtracted primitives who can produce a precisely watertight object that is ideal for 3D printing. Prior for changing the shapes, anyone can opt for a general unit like foot, inch, mm, cm, m etc.

This toolbar is a good starter shape set for the new users and the kids who want to play in 3D modeling but don’t have any interest to learn.

Usage: At first show to the “Place Shapes” toolbar and click on the shape that has to be placed. Or the other way is to apply the Draw menu’s items. Most of the shapes will adjust themselves in the basis of the underlying geometry. Arranging various shapes is also possible by going to the select tool or pressing the space bar or the ESC key after finishing.

After placing a shape, move and scale tools can be applied for moving and functioning on the shape. In the case of failing work of any shape as per the requirement right click on it and choose ‘unglue’. In the case of placing any shapes, they all stick to the elementary geometry. Exploding a shape to work with its raw geometry is also possible only by applying the right-click menu. While selecting the base unit from the dialog, all the following placements will get that unit. The items that are already arranged don’t need scaling. This is helpful for modeling small stuff like 3D printing or large stuff like buildings.

Tips for working on this tool:

a. At first turn on the X-Ray face style to enable snapping for the hidden points.
b. Go to View>Hidden Lines to allow the hidden lines visible for more precise snapping.
c. These shapes fit well with the SketchUp Pro’s Solid Tools
d. For adding Text to any of the shapes use the 3D TextTool.

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SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

SketchUp rendering is the option that allows you to visualize your 3D design in a picture perfect manner. The option enhances the quality of your work and markets your products the way you want. There are many SketchUp plugins for rendering available to give your design a perfect touch. Choosing the best option depends on the type of work you want to get from your 3D model. The content mentions names of plugins as many as it could. You can use one of them as per your requirement and demands.

• AmbientOcclusion Lite: This plugin is helpful to get a fast visualization from your 3D model. It also gives a model a real touch with highlighting space. If you want more than usual features of rendering, you must opt for the AmbientOcclusion Pro that comes up with the depth of fields, colors and texture effects.

• ArielVision: This rendering option follows the easiest steps to render your SketchUp model. Its easy-to-use interface makes the rendering process simpler with focusing on some essential features of rendering. You can start rendering just by one click.
To download the application, visit

• Bloom Unit: Bloom Unit uses the cloud computing system to create a photo-realistic view of your images. You no need to be expert in every detail of rendering since it anonymously adds all essential features your model needs.
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• Brighter3D: This extension promises to give you a hassle-free ways of rendering on SketchUp. The built-in features automatically look after important things like lighting, noise and material. It also offers you the multi-threading option with which your system will create a realistic image of your design using the CPU power without the need for graphic cards.

• Corona Renderer: Corona Render solves every problem regarding rendering and transforms your model into a real visual. The extension gets updated offering you new features and functions.
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• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
Visit for more details.

• LightUp: LightUp is an object-based rendering that instantly transforms your model to a visually appealing object on the SketchUp window itself. The extension ensures that you will get no-waiting rendering opposed to the traditional process.
Visit to know more or download the plug-in.

• LumenRT: It is another rendering extension for SketchUp that helps you create a photo-realistic view of your design. It understands the photographic environment better than others.
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SketchUp Rendering with V-Ray 3 – An exclusive online course by Brian Bradley

Brian Bradley has presented an online training on Sketchup V-ray 3. V-Ray 3 for SketchUp highlights interactive rendering technology that facilitates you to view results instantly when modifications made to the model.

In this online video tutorial, Brian Bradley provides useful suggestions on how to apply the tools and features available in the powerful V-Ray for SketchUp rendering solution. After shading light on the V-Ray interface, Brian briefly explains how to provide illumination to your scenes with the program’s multipurpose lighting tools.

He also demonstrates how to deal with various light types for including both artificial light and naturalistic daylight. Besides, he focuses on the V-Ray camera, materials, map types, render elements, FX tools, and more.

This online course covers the following topics

* Gamma handling in V-Ray 3 for SketchUp
* Working with interactive rendering
* V-Ray light types
* Working with irradiance mapping

* Rendering animations
* Working with the V-Ray camera
* Using the Materials UI
* V-Ray FX tools
* Stereoscopic 3D rendering

* Using V-Ray objects

To get more information on this course, click on the following link

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nz_Polyhedral Junctions – The most updated sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Polyhedral Junctions for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. NZ_PolyhedronJunctions comprises of nz_Edge2Polygon.

This sketchup extension can be used to generate Polygons and Polyhedral Junctions to accurate reference edge lengths as well as reunion & affix triangles. It facilitates to produce and customize platonic/polyhedrons to your exact dimensions and requirements from the ground up.

The plugin can generate your own Platonics and Archimedean Solids according to your particular dimensions devoid of depending on external imports. Polyhedral Juctions of the platonics are available all through the nature and are ideal at the time of forming balanced loads about a point.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

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How to use paste in place tool in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with paste in place tool. This tool can save significant time while detailing and resizing your sketchup model.

Generally, people employs this tool for transmitting objects in and out of components inside a file. But, it can also be applied to copy from one file to another.

This tool can also be used to draw outside a group or component. Just choose Ctrl+X to cut, provide group/component and paste in place.

To learn how does this tool function, watch the following video tutorial.


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SketchUp for Fine Woodwork Designs

The versatility of SketchUp allows users to draw and design anything they want. The application has been used in many practices for its user-friendly interface and flawless performance. In a woodwork project, SketchUp provides designers with a great support to plan and maintain the blue print of the design efficiently. The eminent designers use different tools and extension to prepare a fine woodwork easily and instantly. Two ways people have been using to complete their wood work project – one is making separate SketchUp file for each part and then assembling them into one; another is preparing a complete project on SketchUp using tools and extensions.

There are many videos available for the designers to project their plan properly and prominently. These tutorials are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the project you are working on. You can get a glimpse of these important notes of designing on Starting from a small wooden table to a credenza, you can prepare a drawing as efficiently as experts do. Designing wooden objects on SketchUp is as much interesting as preparing wooden things at shops. The only difference is it involves less toil than the real wooden work.

SketchUp does not require your methodological concept of sizes and parts to complete your project. This is why you no need to have an idea about aprons, rails, stretches and legs while drawing a small table on your SketchUp. ‘Trim and Keep’ plugin seems to be very useful while cutting the mortises that are an essential work for a wood project.

The more you handle projects, the better you become to complete intensified design that inescapably needs an expert touch. Drawing different shapes has become easier with the features offered by the application. It has inbuilt functions that project your interest in designing things in the finest way.

Making models for cabinetry and rectangular object no longer requires an in-depth study to do a job proficiently. You can also enhance your ability to realize a practical drawing and able to decide what your design needs.

Few Facts to know for woodworking:

Finally, designers across the world, who use SketchUp for woodworking, are able to sum up their experience into few key points. These facts are indeed helpful to understand the technology better and to prepare a project more efficiently. The key facts are given below:

  • Learn designs slowly, one at a time: Learning complex, critical skills slow helps you develop the result better. Start with simple things and then approach to the relatively complex designs.
    • Gain knowledge about visual clues for your understanding of 3D axis to follow: As per the experiences shared by other designers, it is a frustrating job to move an object in 3D space with two-dimensional cursor and monitor. Getting visual clues on SketchUp eliminates the problem with offering a visual clue to the designers.
    • Make a ‘Component’ as soon as you complete a drawing of an object: Creating component of an object allows you to treat that object independently in your design. You can also add this component to your cut-list for the reference.
  • Use others’ work to complete the work in a short-span of time:
    The Model warehouse is filled with a huge collection of drawings of other SketchUp users. You can use those models as a reference for your project. It gives you an easy understanding of how your object would be after finishing all necessary steps.

SketchUp has been a proven platform to give a depth of intensity in the 3D designing. SketchUp for woodwork has been gaining momentum gradually in the interested group. The application will definitely showcase your talent as a fine designer.



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Best SketchUp Practices for Exceptional Designs

SketchUp application has become a household name in the 3D designing. Everyone with an imaginative spree loves this application for its simple approach and easy-to-use functions. There are a few practices that SketchUp users must follow to get the best out of many. These practices involve simple things that you need to maintain while designing. Nothing stringent in rules, these practices are based on the designing habit of an expert designer. The content discusses further the practices and rules that tell you how to create flawless designs simply.

  • Make your own template and adjust the program setting: Making your own template and adjusting program settings as per your use help you design in a comfort environment – a home like feeling where everything is in order. So keeps you satisfied as well as relax you while solving a complex puzzle of designing.
  • Save often and early: This is another best practice that ensures you design stays unharmed. You can save the file even before you start designing. This allows SketchUp to activate the autosave functions that save your file and make necessary backups.
  • Group faces after they become a logical object: In SketchUp, separating objects from each other is not possible. If the object face touches another, then they will remain sticky and hard to move them separately. This is why group faces are there that allows you to make a group component after completing the design.
  • Use component for repeating objects: If you need an object that has various uses in your designing, use component program rather than groups. It allows you to work smoothly on SketchUp.
  • Precise Models designing: The SketchUp precision modeling tool ensures that a model is designed accurately and flawlessly. This tool eliminates the ‘crooked geometry’ or gaps in your design. Texturing and other modeling tasks become harder if models are not developed in a proper way. Use this application for a pleasurable workflow without any hurdles.
  • Polygon count should be low: Since SketchUp is a Polygon based modeler, every curve (triangles and rectangles) you design contains a certain amount of polygon shapes. The faster work of the graphic card relies on the low polygon shape. Display card works extensively if you use many polygon shapes in your design. The best way to avoid this problem is that use the modeling circle or arcs with minimum edges. You can also use component for displaying curve objects to reduce the problem.
  • Application of proxy component: If your design needs a high-polygon object like a tree, then you must use component to keep the polygon count low. Make sure that the components you are choosing are at the same location and it must coordinate with the axes.

SketchUp applications brought a big change in the designing. The practices mentioned above tells you the basic rules to use SketchUp to get a proper designing spree.

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Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

Draw pipes from lines is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin will be very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Woodworking sectors.

The plugin can be used to generate pipes on the lines already chosen.

The plugin works on the following ways :-

  1. Choose the lines in the model where the pipes are intended to be drawn
    2. Activate the extension from menu – Draw Pipes Out Of Lines
    3. Provide units, pipe dimensions, length offset, pipe roundness parameter
    4. Press OK button
    5. It is also possible to copy pipes list from generated report

 Download the plugin from the extension warehouse

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BoolTool 2 Has Been Launched for SketchUp Make and Pro

BoolTool plugin of SketchUp allows designers to add nuanced detail to the design as accurately as they expect. Performing some Boolean operations are tough for SketchUp even with the Solid Tools. This is why SketchUp releases this new BoolTool extension to design precision models.

Since Boolean operations need high-precision 3D details, internal SketchUp Geometry engine struggles to define the function as exactly as required. This leads SolidTool users to opt for the Copy and scaled-up workflow to make their solid Tool operation error free. The limitations of SolidTool have also been eliminated by the use BoolTool for SketchUp.

For accessing complete benefits of BoolTool, you need to purchase the plugin. Otherwise, you can witness the Boolean operation but cannot make any object with it.

Features of BoolTool2 are as follows:

  • This application is for SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro.
    • It works on small, complex object in your 3D modeling.
    • It does not create a new object; rather it modifies the existing one.
    • Maintains the layers and names of the first object it works on.
  • It performs functions like union, difference, intersection, trim and split.
    • It comes up with a new single object creation tool.
    • It delivers solid 3D printable object in every case.

This first and user-friendly extension of SketchUp makes the 3D design even more interesting and simplified. It offers an understandable environment where you can enjoy your design the way you want. Along with some essential features, this application will prove beneficial to work on more complex objects that even the internal SketchUp geometry found hard to solve.

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Checkup to Detect Errors for SketchUp2017

SketchUp is evolving with time to meet the ever-changing requirements of the promising designers. With launching new features and tools, it has made an indisputable place among the existing applications. With a promise to offer a better accessing point and interface, it changes its inner complications to make the application user-friendly. In 2017, SketchUp has launched new software –SketchUp 2017 Checkup – to meet the growing queries of designers in respect to the SketchUp compatibility on windows. This software allows SketchUp followers to know whether their computer system is suitable for SketchUp designing or not. It finds out the reasons why SketchUp is not working on a system so that you take necessary steps to solve them. This application also creates a file which can be decoded by the support team of SketchUp in order to help the users with providing the needed solutions.

CheckUp Running: You need to install the application first to run the checkup on your system. Choose the ‘Run SketchUp2017 CheckUp’ as the last option while installing it. However, you can run the Checkup application anytime with selecting desktop icon button at the time of installation. Once the installation process completes, choose run Checkup button. The result box would appear on the completion of the process that lets you know what factors make problems for SketchUp in your system.

Decode the result:

Success: CheckUp application shows ‘Success’ for every successful test. This means the computer has no issue related to the test the application passes.

  1. Error: ‘Hardware acceleration is unsupported or has been disabled on your graphics card. SketchUp requires that you use a hardware accelerated card’
    If Checkup shows such message, this means you need upgrade graphic card driver of your system. It accelerates your graphic card and makes your system compatible with the SketchUp design.
  2. Error: ‘Your graphics card’s OpenGL version is 2.1(changes as per the version). SketchUp requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or better.’
    SketchUp 2017 does not work on the computer having lower than 3.0 versions. To get rid of this issue, upgrade your graphics card driver is the ultimate solution you have as updating drive upgrades OpenGL 3.0 version as well.
  3. Error: ‘Tests that exercise your graphics card’s capabilities have failed.’
    Your graphic cards need to be capable enough to support every task of SketchUp 2017. It must support the rendering function which is needed to display SketchUp models. Checkup application tests compilation of SketchUp GLSL shaders and support of OpenGL framework. If your system has a compilation error in the mentioned checks, then you should think to update your graphics card drive
  4. Error: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp requires 2GB or more of system RAM’
    For having a smooth performance of SketchUp, you must have 2GB or above RAM for your system. Though, SketchUp can run on the system having RAM lower than that. In this case, the application reduces the performance level significantly.
  5. Error: ‘Your operating system does not meet the minimum operating system requirement. SketchUp requires Windows 7 or higher.’
    For SketchUp, you need windows 7 64 bit or higher version. SketchUp 2017 does not permit you to install it on the lower version of operating system.
  6. Error: ‘Graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp requires a graphics card that has 256 MB or more of memory.’
    SketchUp needs 256MB or above graphic card memory for giving you a smooth way of performing SketchUp.
  7. Error: ‘System RAM or Windows Version or Graphics Card Memory is missing.’
    Checkup application shows the above error in case it does not find the proper information it is looking for. Update your graphics card driver to improve the performance.

Warnings: The warning message is given when Checkup passes the test but detects a warning condition. In such a circumstance, SketchUp would run on your system, but the performance would be not as efficient as it generally is. Warning message alerts you to take the needed action to improve the workability of the designing tool.

  1. Warning: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp recommends 4GB or more of system RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp needs 4GB or above RAM for a ceaseless performance. Lower RAM may allow you install the application, but its performance will be reduced.
  2. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp recommends that your graphics card has 1024 MB or more of RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp requires 1024MB graphics card RAM. If your system has one lower than mentioned limit, it informs you to upgrade it.
  3. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a depth buffer that is less than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit or more depth buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    The message is given in a clear way for your understanding, and it also presents what you should do to avert the problem.
  4. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a color buffer other than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit color buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    You may face display issue if you have a color buffer lower than 24 bits. Upgrading of which solves the problem.
  5. Warning: ‘Your graphics card does not support stencil bits. Shadows may display incorrectly on your current configuration.’
    Graphic cards with stencil bits are best to get a proper shadow in your SketchUp designs. If you find incorrect shadow that means you need to add stencil bits for designing purpose.
  6. Warning: ‘SketchUp has detected you are using () when your system is capable of using an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card () .SketchUp will likely perform better if you change your system to use the AMD/NVIDIA card.’
    A multiple GPU system needs AMD/NVIDIA card to run SketchUp application.
  7. Warning: ‘System Ram or Graphics Card Memory or Depth buffer or Color buffer or Stencil buffer information is missing.’
    This message is being shown when the above-mentioned conditions (missing of Depth buffer, Color buffer and Stencil buffer) happen. Take the necessary steps to solve the problem.

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